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Private boats in the Mediterranean have extremely high potential to spread alien species

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Private boats in the Mediterranean have extremely high potential to spread alien species

A Mediterranean wide study has found that 71% of sampled recreational boats hosted alien marine species. Over half carried an alien species that was not yet present in the marina the boat was visiting.

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Scientists and key figures develop vision for managing UK land and seas after Brexit

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Scientists and key figures develop vision for managing UK land and seas after Brexit

Researchers have outlined how fishing and farming policies could be created to protect employment opportunities and the environment after Brexit.

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Breeding songbirds alter their singing behaviour in selectively logged tropical forests

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Breeding songbirds alter their singing behaviour in selectively logged tropical forests

Researchers working in Malaysian Borneo are learning that songbirds change how they sing in tropical forests degraded by selective logging.

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New study measures how much of corals’ nutrition come from hunting

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New study measures how much of corals’ nutrition come from hunting

Research reveals that corals source more nutrients than previously thought from hunting, information that may help predict the fate of coral reefs as global ocean temperatures rise.

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Nature documentaries increasingly talk about threats to nature, but still don’t show them

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Nature documentaries increasingly talk about threats to nature, but still don’t show them

Researchers analysing recent BBC and Netflix nature documentaries found that although they increasingly mention threats to nature, visual depictions of these threats remain scarce, potentially misleading audiences on the state of the natural world.

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Wildlife and wind farms: Are British gulls staying safe in the winter sun?

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Wildlife and wind farms: Are British gulls staying safe in the winter sun?

New research shows that Lesser Black-backed Gulls breeding in Britain could be vulnerable to collisions with wind turbines whilst on migration and during the winter months as well as during the breeding season.

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Flowering wild plants to promote beneficial insects in the field

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Flowering wild plants to promote beneficial insects in the field

Research details which flowering plants are used by pollinators and beneficial insects as food sources over the course of the year.

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New model predicts Painted Lady butterfly migrations based on breeding sites data

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New model predicts Painted Lady butterfly migrations based on breeding sites data

Researchers from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) have developed a model that allows predicting the migratory movements of the Painted Lady butterfly between Europe and Africa based on data from breeding sites.

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eDNA: a new tool to establish invasive species eradication success

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eDNA: a new tool to establish invasive species eradication success

Research published today examined how environmental DNA (eDNA) surveys can be used as a cost-effective method to detect invasive species present at  low densities.

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Announcing the 2019 British Ecological Society award winners

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Announcing the 2019 British Ecological Society award winners

The British Ecological Society (BES) announced today the winners of its annual awards and prizes, recognising nine distinguished ecologists whose work has benefited the scientific community and society in general.

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Using artificial intelligence to track birds’ dark-of-night migrations

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Using artificial intelligence to track birds’ dark-of-night migrations

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Daisies that close at night have camouflaged petals to protect them from herbivores

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Daisies that close at night have camouflaged petals to protect them from herbivores

Species of daisy that close their flowers at night, produce colour in their exposed lower petals that makes them harder to spot for herbivores, reducing herbivory rates of flowers

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Single event or epidemic? Mating behaviour and movement patterns influence the dynamics of animal diseases

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Single event or epidemic? Mating behaviour and movement patterns influence the dynamics of animal diseases

Research published in explores how the movement patterns of wild boar influence outbreaks of classical swine fever

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Angry birds: loud aeroplane noise causes birds to become aggressive

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Angry birds: loud aeroplane noise causes birds to become aggressive

Aircraft affect chiffchaffs’ ability to communicate with mates and rivals – providing new insight for airport planners and wildlife conservation.

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British Ecological Society launches large-scale study to test whether ‘blinding’ reduces bias in science publishing

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British Ecological Society launches large-scale study to test whether ‘blinding’ reduces bias in science publishing

A two-year randomised controlled trial in the British Ecological Society journal Functional Ecology will be the largest of its kind to date to assess whether hiding author details during peer review reduces bias against underrepresented groups in the science publishing process.

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